Gender diversity in Asian boardrooms is among the lowest in the world but studies show the pace of improvement has been slow. A new study by Deloitte LLP shows that women represent 7.8 per cent of board directors in Asia, higher only than Latin and South America at 7.2 per cent. Europe had the most diverse boardrooms at 22.6 per cent.
The study covered 64 countries and more than 7,000 companies. The studies found that developed nations in Asia, like Taiwan, Japan and South Korea rank among the bottom in the region. Vietnam and Malaysia perform much better with women holding 17.6 per cent and 13.7 per cent of board seats respectively. Singapore — where women make up 10.2 per cent of boards — is also making slow progress.